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How to Engage Children and Keep their Attention

Updated on January 8, 2013

How to Engage Children and Keep their Attention

Engaging with children is easy when you know how to go about with it, one thing you should know is that children engage well with things they can touch and make things like puppets. Knowing how to interact with children doesn't come naturally it takes getting used to and a lot of practice.

One thing that you should keep in mind is that Children will always get involved in fun activities; the keyword here is “fun”. Any activity where young children are to be involved should be entertaining and fun to them and the rest of the people involved. Here are some of the tips that could spices up the experience:

1) You should give children active roles in any activity they are involved in. after all the best way to learn is by doing, assigning responsibilities to them will bring the best out of them and at the same time this will be the best avenue for them to learn.

2) You should always be clear and consistent: - children will always respond positively if they know what to expect, if there are set of rules then these should made known to them and they will follow them, at first it will difficult but they will learn as they go on. One of the best way of implement the rules is coming up with way of rewarding them for following the rules and in on time they will learn to stick by these rules that you have set. You should also be fair when implementing the required rules.

3) You should make use of colors: - Colorful presentation is vital in engaging young children and attracting there attention.

4) Stories can be used to attract their attention and keep them engaging positively with one another: - good and interesting stories can and has been used as a tool to attract and engage the attention of everyone both the adult and the children. Most teacher use stories to pass information to our children, research has also shown that our brains tend to remember information that's passed through stories compared to other form of relying information . Moral values and lifelong lessons have been passed from the old generation to the young generation through stories.

5) You should try to come up with activities that are relevant to the own lives: - make use of examples that children can relate too.

6) These activities should be tangible and active: - children tend to learn faster and respond well through activities and experiences which they are involved.

lf you are in a noisy environment you should raise your voice to be heard, this should not be mistaken with shouting. Shouting will damage the relationship between you and the children and they end up rebelling in different forms.

You as the facilitator should be able to read and understand your audience and be in a position to make necessary adjustment so as to keep them active and engaging with each other.

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    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Getting their attention it and keeping it makes learning possible, whether learning a game, a craft, or a concept. Being in tune with your audience is important. You have shared some very useful information. ps

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So very useful and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.